March 13th, 2014
09:00 PM ET

US Airways plane evacuated after landing gear collapsed in Philadelphia

(CNN) - A US Airways plane blew a tire during takeoff Thursday evening at Philadelphia's airport, an airline spokesman said, with witnesses adding that they saw the plane "bounce" before screeching to a halt.

Citing initial reports, US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher said the commercial airliner's pilot decided to abort takeoff following the tire issue. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters noted the plane's front wheels collapsed, as photos indicate.

One person aboard ended up requesting medical assistance, said Lehmacher. Similarly, a Philadelphia fire department spokesman told CNN that there was one minor injury.

Passengers on the Florida-bound flight subsequently got off the plane and onto the runway, where they were picked up.

"Our crew safely evacuated the passengers," Lehmacher said. "We are accommodating passengers on a new aircraft, which is scheduled to depart later this evening."

Flight 1702 was scheduled to take off at 5:50 p.m. and arrive in Fort Lauderdale about three hours later, according to US Airways' website, though the FAA's Peters said the incident took place around 6:25 p.m.


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